Harvey Cedars

Harvey Cedars Beachfront Property for Sale and Rent:

In terms real estate property for sale, beachfront rentals and other kinds of shore rentals, Harvey Cedars is a favorite town on Long Beach Island (LBI). Property for sale in Harvey Cedars, including oceanfront’s and quaint bay front property is considered to be some of the finest on Long Beach Island. Hands down, Harvey Cedars is an excellent place to both buy and rent a shore home or vacation property.

About Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island

What is in a name? The Harvey Cedars name is the direct result of a 1751 deed, in which the locality was designated as "a hammock and clump of cedars called Harvest Quarters." Try saying "harvest cedars" fast and you might find it easy to make the jump. As early as the mid-1600s men came north From Cape May and south from New England to pursue the abundant North Atlantic Greenland whale.

A 30-foot tower, nicknamed an "owl's tree," projected above the highest dune, giving the whaler a good vantage to spot the "right" whale, which migrated in February and March. They set up a lookout on the northern edge of Great Swamp, which extended from Surf City to the southern boundary of present-day Harvey Cedars. Apparently, the Whalers crossed the bay from bustling Colonial communities to pasture their cattle and harvest the salt hay used for cattle feed and mulch were some of the first white visitors to what is now the south end of Harvey Cedars. This industry died out in the 1830s when the species had been so over-hunted a profit could no longer be made.

Until the hurricane of 1821, which made a direct hit on the New Jersey coast and destroyed the freshwater swamp with sea water, a great forest covered the south end of town on land that is now well out to sea. Stumps hacked by hand-hewn axes were observed during a blowout tide about a quarter mile offshore shortly after 1900 and again in the 1930s. Reports of earliest travelers tell of rows of huge dunes on the barrier beaches, and there is little doubt that Harvey Cedars had the same topography. The earliest town photographs show high dunes backed by a lush growth of bayberry, cedar, sumac, poison ivy and holly, then wide salt marshes stretching to the bay. (This type of dune formation still exists in a stretch of beachfront in nearby Barnegat Light.)

Borough of Harvey Cedars
PO Box 3185
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
office phone: (609) 361-6000 ext. 112
fax: (609) 494-2335

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